New power station lights up Rio Tinto mining project

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Rio Tinto’s $2.6 billion Amrun bauxite project on Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland will soon be permanently powered by a new power station.

The 20MW power station, constructed and operated by Agrekko, includes 22 diesel generators and four transformers and is now able to export permanent power to the high voltage network.

The facility will power all of Amrun’s mine facilities and associated infrastructure.

Rio Tinto Amrun project general manager Marcia Hanrahan said switching on power at the facility is an important step forward for the Amrun Project.

“We are delighted with the expertise and efficiency Aggreko has brought to the delivery of our $100 million Amrun Power Station,” he said.

Using the company’s mining sector expertise, Aggreko created a solution that includes engine efficiency upgrades and a heat-recovery system to lower the cost of energy, which will optimise all aspects of the power station.

The 15-year contract at Amrun Power Station is Aggreko’s longest independent power project (IPP) in Australia and includes a five-year option to extend.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work our people on the ground in Weipa have achieved to date on the Amrun project,” Aggreko AusPac managing director George Whyte said.

“This achievement was delivered on time and most importantly, in a safe manner with zero injuries.”